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Global firm to combat stigma around law’s ‘male-dominated industry’

Global firm to combat stigma around law’s ‘male-dominated industry’

Female lawyers

A global law firm is looking to address stigma about the legal profession being a “male-dominated industry” by rolling out a new training programme which seeks to ensure that female lawyers and senior staff at its offices are equipped with the tools and skills needed to build their profiles.

Clyde & Co has confirmed it has opened up 2019 with the launch of a new training programme, which will run throughout the course of this year. 

The programme will give Clyde & Co staff the opportunity to receive training in several areas, including social media, on-camera interview technique, presentation skills, writing for offline and online audiences, creating a personal brand, and effective networking. It will be administered through the firm’s Learning and Development team, working in tandem with its Communication team, and will be added to the firm’s career development framework, a statement explained.

The launch of the new programme comes as Clyde & Co looks to shake up statistics it found which detailed that “while women make up 46 per cent of the lawyer population and one quarter of partners at Clyde & Co, on average across the firm globally less than 20 per cent of external spokespeople quoted in the media are female”.

“As is well known, the legal profession continues to suffer from a perception of being a male-dominated industry,” said Mun Yeow, partner and member of the firm’s Global Management Board.

“Thanks to the great work of very many people across the profession that [it] is slowly being eroded but we still have a long way to go. Through this initiative we hope, as a firm, to engage more of our people in that process by presenting a more gender-balanced brand to our clients and the wider market.”

Liz Jenkins, partner and the newest member of the Global Management Board, added: “It’s my firm belief that women are sometimes more reticent than men to put themselves forward for profile raising and personal brand building opportunities”.

“Our own experience and figures also suggest that. What we want to do with this programme is to challenge the status quo and provide all our lawyers, but especially our female lawyers, with training to help them develop the skills to promote their expertise and the business confidently and professionally,” she noted.

 

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